Editorials

Our View: South and West - long live the connection

Mexico, it’s the sister soul of California. Welcome to the Cinco de Mayo edition. This month our food and tequila features, local profiles and travel piece all salute that c ...

Film Review: Youth is a party, and ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

“The unexamined life is not worth living,” Socrates is supposed to have said while on trial for impiety and corrupting youth. Like so many philosophical storytellers b ...

Our View: Enjoying spring drives and Gypsy Jazz

We’ve all heard of romantic guitar playing, but do Americans know the term Roma guitar playing? Roma is a word for the semi-mysterious, often persecuted and globally disperse ...

Film Review: Old heroes go postmodern in bold, brooding “Batman v Superman”

What is the world coming to, that Batman and Superman should come to blows? The answer posited by director Zack Snyder’s brooding, swing-for-the-fences epic, “Batman v ...

Our View: In praise of our Celtic cousins

“I think that all of the Celtic nations are fond of each other,” a young Scotsman told me when arriving in Edinburgh from Ireland. “Hopefully you’ll enjoy o ...

Our View: Blinking at the Odd Couple – Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger

It goes without saying that most of Placer County’s Republicans are not Hillary Clinton fans. However, there seems to be a degree of surprise about the amount of backlash gro ...

Film review: Coen brothers worship at the Hollywood altar with “Hail, Caesar!”

“Would that it t’were so simple.” Ah, but it’s a Coen brothers film. Over the course of three decades writing and directing their own movies, legendary fi ...

Our View: Southern bits and the speed of Mardi Gras

February offers two celebration options: One involves a vacuous, corporate-manufactured holiday aimed at wringing cash from depleted wallets while mercilessly preying on guilt and ...

Our View: The very American meaning of kilts, tartans and toughness

Someone in a kilt once told me, “If you ask two Scots the same question, you’re bound to get nine dissenting opinions.” It’s absolutely true. Whenever you&r ...

Film review: Unalloyed Star Wars, as only a fan could conceive

It’s been 32 years since the provisional conclusion of the Star Wars saga, and 10 since a trilogy of prequels put it into hibernation. No one involved in the latest, bluntly- ...

Our View: Faces in the winter shades

There’s something about the brittle, brass-colored leaves fluttering in autumn winds that stimulate the memory; that summon back the warmth of chimney stoves and firesides of ...

Film Review: "The Force Awakens" at war with its own memories

SPOILER ALERT: This review contains plot details. Those who have not yet seen the film may want to wait before reading it.   Disney has spent the past 12 months promoting a ...

Our View: Beyond the beauty of Grecian urns

This fall's coverage is all Greek to me. Our reporter Andrew Westrope just returned from two weeks in the birth place of Western culture and is offering readers an adventu ...

Our View: What ghost stories tell us about … us

You can glean a lot from a culture by how it remembers its dead. I found this to be true when embarking on a nighttime ghost tour of Venice, Italy. Venice after sundown is the per ...

Our View: Remembering the Captain of the ship

It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Bill Brehm Sr., the founder of Brehm Communications, Inc., the parent company of Gold Country Media, the Press Tribune an ...